CE3

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On article Hands-on with the Nikon Nikkor Z 70-200mm F2.8 S (630 comments in total)
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Veloster75: Who the heck wants to lug that thing around. It's enormous!

According to the gear list in your profile you own a Sony 200-600, so I guess you have you have your reasons for lugging around big lenses, too.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2020 at 18:05 UTC
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CE3: Here’s my criticism: What the hell has happened to Flickr Explore? It used to be a pleasure looking through the selections, and if one of your photos was featured it felt like an honor. Now, while there’s still some good stuff in the mix, it’s littered with objectively crap photos too.

To me, Explore should be treated like the font page of Flickr and showcase the best and most interesting photos being posted on the platform. If an algorithm’s choosing the images now, it sucks. I’d rather have humans update it once or twice a week with a quality selection of properly curated content instead of sifting through photos of dolls, trains, buses, trash bins, and this:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/srkayo/49245490188/in/explore-2019-12-20/

I think Explore started going downhill when Verizon briefly took over. I know people have been complaining about this for a long time and Smugmug promised to improve it, but that hasn’t happened yet.

I don't think it should be for paid subscribers only. Just getting Explore back to showcasing the best and most interesting content on Flickr would be a huge step in the right direction and a benefit to the positive growth of the platform. I don't know why Smugmug hasn't done this. They're a photography company and should totally get this. If Explore is revamped and done right it will inspire and motivate photographers, and entice new ones to sign up and become paid subscribers.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2019 at 18:45 UTC
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sh10453: Not much is candid in the letter, especially when it comes to pricing, a "small" increase in fees, etc..
Most likely there are hundreds of thousands of Flickr users who are no longer active, or no longer with us.
SmugMug's letter should have stated "candidly" that effective x/y/2020 there will be no more free accounts. Users can then download their content within a period of time, or become paying subscribers.
That should eliminate millions of accounts, and significantly cut down on hosting fees, as well as get rid of porn spammers.
Now the "Pro" will no longer be needed since everyone is with a "Pro" account.
In fact, "Pro" on Flickr never meant anything other than it's a "paying" account.
Take the bull by the horns, and spare us the crybaby appeal, please.

@Josh152 Just because an account is no longer active doesn't mean it's not contributing to Flickr. Like I said, Flickr's massive archive of photos is one of its strengths. What if the photographer has passed away? I understand that things need to change going forward, but automatically deleting inactive accounts, some of which will include really great photography and photos that have historical significance is not the way to go.

Yes, there's probably a lot of worthless accounts and photos that could be deleted and won't be missed, but they'd have to have an algorithm that scans for accounts that potentially don't meet a criteria they've set and a team of humans who make the final decision to remove.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2019 at 18:39 UTC
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sh10453: Not much is candid in the letter, especially when it comes to pricing, a "small" increase in fees, etc..
Most likely there are hundreds of thousands of Flickr users who are no longer active, or no longer with us.
SmugMug's letter should have stated "candidly" that effective x/y/2020 there will be no more free accounts. Users can then download their content within a period of time, or become paying subscribers.
That should eliminate millions of accounts, and significantly cut down on hosting fees, as well as get rid of porn spammers.
Now the "Pro" will no longer be needed since everyone is with a "Pro" account.
In fact, "Pro" on Flickr never meant anything other than it's a "paying" account.
Take the bull by the horns, and spare us the crybaby appeal, please.

According to the CEO less than 1% are signed up for Flickr Pro and even getting the number above 1% it will be enough to sustain the platform. I’m dubious of such a low percentage. Sure, if you’re looking at the total number of accounts it might be 1%,, but Flickr has been around a long time and some of those accounts are no longer active. I bet if they were looking at active users, the percentage of paid subscribers would be higher. I know I see Pro accounts all the time. Anyway, I think we can meet the mark and go above 1% and then some, but killing all free accounts right now will kill Flickr. One of Flickr’s strengths is its archive.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2019 at 17:51 UTC

Here’s my criticism: What the hell has happened to Flickr Explore? It used to be a pleasure looking through the selections, and if one of your photos was featured it felt like an honor. Now, while there’s still some good stuff in the mix, it’s littered with objectively crap photos too.

To me, Explore should be treated like the font page of Flickr and showcase the best and most interesting photos being posted on the platform. If an algorithm’s choosing the images now, it sucks. I’d rather have humans update it once or twice a week with a quality selection of properly curated content instead of sifting through photos of dolls, trains, buses, trash bins, and this:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/srkayo/49245490188/in/explore-2019-12-20/

I think Explore started going downhill when Verizon briefly took over. I know people have been complaining about this for a long time and Smugmug promised to improve it, but that hasn’t happened yet.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2019 at 16:18 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
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Paul Petersen: Kind of vexed by the whole flicker situation because as a long time smugmug subscriber why should have to pay you for flicker too?

No one is saying you need to pay for a service you don’t use. Smugmug is for portfolio websites and selling prints. Flickr is an interactive photography community with lots of commenting, millions of photo groups, and an archive of billions of photos that you can centrally search and discover. With Smugmug you create your own separate site. With Flickr it’s all one site.

Yes, a Flickr photostream can also be a great portfolio for someone, but it’s still a very different service from SmugMug.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2019 at 23:20 UTC
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thoang69: I'm a Flickr pro member, I have a few thousand pictures in my account and don't want to pay annual fee no more. How can I download all my pictures at once...not one by one...to the hard drive and say goodbye to Flickr

Have you tried running your question through a search engine?

See if this still works for downloading 500 photos at a time:

http://osxdaily.com/2018/11/03/download-all-flickr-photos/

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2019 at 21:54 UTC

As a Flickr Pro member I’m not going to read this letter as a message of doom to the platform. I appreciate that they’re giving users insight into what’s going on instead of keeping everyone in the dark until it’s too late, which is what a lot of companies would do.

Heres a quote from a USA Today article about this news:

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“It’s not that dire,” MacAskill tells USA TODAY. “But we do need to get more cash in the door.”

He says fewer than 1% of users have signed up for the Pro accounts, and that if he could get just over 1%, that would be enough to keep the lights on.
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As far as Smugmug is concerned, that’s a completely different service from Flickr and it’s not one I’m interested in at all. (22Slides is my portfolio service of choice.)

Flickr is still the best online community platform for photography and photographers, maybe now more than ever, and I will continue to support it with my membership.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2019 at 20:25 UTC as 75th comment | 1 reply

Still no mention of weather sealing...

Whether the ZX1 gets released or not (and I'm still dubious that it's going to happen) it's already outdated and DOA. I don't enjoy taking this position because I definitely think there could be a market for a ZEISS mirrorless camera, fixed lens or interchangeable, especially if they made it E-mount, or adaptable to E-mount.

This is a cool concept, but the ZX1 is not the one.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2019 at 22:45 UTC as 1st comment
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Pavel Muller: I would be concerned about greater risk of theft as the resolution improve. Any thoughts on that? I currently post 1200 px on the long side. I think it to be a minimum that you can use to still have a decent view of the image online, but not quite enough to do much more with it. Any thoughts?

https://www.flickr.com/people/pavel_photophile2008/

I only have about 650 images on my Photostream right now. I set up the monitoring through Pixsy last week and took the time to manually ignore quite a few images I don't care about. I agree that one purpose of the promo is to entice users to pay for additional monitoring features, but I think what they're offering is nice to have. I can still do my own reverse image searching and research other ways to enforce image copyrights should I need to do so in the future.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2019 at 17:23 UTC
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Pavel Muller: I would be concerned about greater risk of theft as the resolution improve. Any thoughts on that? I currently post 1200 px on the long side. I think it to be a minimum that you can use to still have a decent view of the image online, but not quite enough to do much more with it. Any thoughts?

https://www.flickr.com/people/pavel_photophile2008/

I understand your concerns, but one of the reasons many photographers (myself included) love Flickr is because images are displayed in the best quality possible, so this is a welcome update. Users can always modify how large Flickr displays their photos in their settings.

Your images look fine in a web browser on my 5K iMac, but they may not fair so well on an iPad via Flickr's iOS app.

Did you know that Flickr recently partnered with an image monitoring service and Pro members get 1000 images monitored for free? https://blog.flickr.net/en/2019/04/09/flickr-partners-with-pixsy-to-fight-image-theft/

Another Flickr Pro perk gave me a 2 month credit on my Adobe CC Photography Plan. *thumbs up*

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2019 at 15:18 UTC
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Saaaaaaad: Is this is a significant improved on the A9? No.
Is this the best sports camera you can get at $4500? Yes.

Sony have released so many advancements that people are just holding them to a higher standard now.

"Sony have released so many advancements that people are just holding them to a higher standard now."

This is true, but Sony set those high standards by throwing all their latest and greatest features and cutting edge technology into their flagships year after year.

I've no doubt the a6600, a7riv, and a9ii will all prove to be fantastic cameras, but I can't shake the feeling that Sony's resting on their laurels and suddenly holding back features instead of giving us everything they've got like we're used to.

I think it's also worth noting that many of the recent criticisms of Sony on this site seem to be coming from Sony shooters like myself, and that should concern them. It should also dispel the notion that "Sony Fanboys" are blind brand loyalists. I love my Sony cameras, and that's why I'm being so critical.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2019 at 01:01 UTC

2019: The year of mediocre Sony releases.

They’re really phoning it in with some if these updates.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2019 at 15:13 UTC as 150th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a7R IV added to studio test scene comparison (439 comments in total)
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janez: A lot of talk about false colors here but isn't noise a real isue here? It looks more than slightly increased compared to A7R3 to me.

Yes, A7R3 & A7R2 look cleaner at high ISOs, and I really don't feel like I'm seeing much more detail either.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2019 at 00:59 UTC
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lobster roll: The never ending "which is best for you" series.

You'll find never ending digital photography news and camera reviews here too. Did you get lost? Can I help you find your way to a different website?

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2019 at 17:46 UTC
On article Sony a7R IV added to studio test scene comparison (439 comments in total)
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SigZero: Whe so many people complain about A7R4 color science not seeing that it's DPR prints that changed/faded since older test were conducted. If you look at any scenes from recent times (look just at S1R in this comparison) the red color has completely wanished. I think its not DPR primary target here to make any decisions about color - by the way its a photo of a printed card, not a real face.
Still I think its a shame for DPR of using such different targets for different cameras (in time).

But then look at the Z6 & Z7 scenes. Reds are still there.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2019 at 17:24 UTC
On article Sony a7R IV added to studio test scene comparison (439 comments in total)

Either there's an issue with the studio scene, or Sony needs to make some adjustments to the color cast with a firmware update.

I also expected to see a more dramatic difference in resolution and sharpness compared to the A7rii & A7riii and I'm not really seeing it. High ISO performance doesn't look to be improved either.

I guess 42MP is more than enough. I love my A7rii and I'm less tempted to buy this now.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2019 at 17:22 UTC as 84th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a7R IV added to studio test scene comparison (439 comments in total)
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Brick Wall: Skin tones look horrible on the A7RIV. Very jaundiced!

Mortal Lion, you might be right but I don't see the same phenomenon in the Z6 & Z7 scenes, which are pretty recent.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2019 at 17:10 UTC

If you're into polaroids and don't want to carry around an instax, or polaroid camera, this might be a fun gadget to have.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2019 at 02:44 UTC as 7th comment
On article Hands on with the Sony a6600 and a6100 (394 comments in total)

If the low number of comments in the articles about these new cameras are anything to go by, Sony made a blunder here. Normally they throw the latest and greatest features into their flagships and create exciting cutting-edge cameras, but this time they played it safe and boring (à la Canon) and kept the same 24MP sensor. Ironically, Canon's new 32.5MP EOS M6 II looks more interesting than the A6600.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2019 at 22:38 UTC as 14th comment
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